Conservative Republican James Clifton, small businessman and local attorney, today announced his campaign to run for State Senate District 16 in the Republican Primary.
Senator Ronnie Chance, who currently holds the seat, announced his plans to not seek re-election last week.
State Senate District 16 is comprised of Fayette, Spalding, Lamar and Pike Counties.
Said Clifton, “I first want to thank Senator Ronnie Chance for his service to our area. He is a great example of the type of leadership the constituents of District 16 deserve. I’m running because we need a leader in the State Senate who will continue that same level and quality of leadership that the people desire. I’ll be a strong conservative leader that will serve with integrity, champion the interests of our district and always reflect and stand up for the values we hold dear.”
“I’m going to work hard to earn the support of the people of this district. If elected, I will be a strong fiscal conservative. As a small business owner, I understand the importance of frugal spending, which allows me to keep prices down for my clients. I will take the same philosophy to the State Senate to help reduce taxes, balance the budget and limit the size of government. I’ll support pro-jobs reforms to grow our local economy and attract high-paying jobs with a special focus on the recovery of the real estate sector. In addition, I’ll work to improve education in Georgia and ensure that we preserve the HOPE Scholarship. It is integral in maintaining our state and our country’s preeminence in education, and it is vital to future job growth. Lastly, I will stand strong for our conservative values and fight to oppose radical state and federal policies in Georgia,” continued Clifton.
The campaign can be followed at Facebook.com/groups/CliftonforSenate
About James Clifton
James Clifton is the founding member of The Clifton Law Firm, LLC and oversees the firm’s multi-state practice. During the course of his career, Mr. Clifton has focused primarily on real property, wills, trusts, and estates. Additionally, Mr. Clifton possesses vast experience in suits to quiet title, real property and commercial lending transactions, comprehensive contract formation, title insurance claims, will drafting, estate planning, and probate litigation.
Mr. Clifton is also a former partner with The McCann Law Group, LLP based in Jacksonville, Florida. He served as the head of Georgia operations overseeing the firm’s credit card debt negotiation and foreclosure defense practice.
On the weekends, Mr. Clifton enjoys donating his time to the Atlanta Volunteer Lawyers Foundation’s Saturday Lawyer Program where he represents indigent clients on a pro bono basis. In addition, Mr. Clifton represents Fayette County in Attorney General Sam Olens’ state wide food drive, The Legal Food Frenzy. He is also an elected member of the Executive Council of State Bar of Georgia Young Lawyers Division.
Mr. Clifton is a member of the American Bar Association and its Real Property, Trust, and Estate Section. He is also an active member in good standing with the State Bar of Georgia and its Real Property Law Section, Bankruptcy Section, and Creditor’s Rights Section; the Florida Bar and its Real Property, Probate, and Trust Law Section; the State Bar of California and its Real Property Law Section; the State Bar of Texas and its Real Property, Probate, and Trust Law Section; and the District of Columbia Bar and its Real Property Law Section. With the exception of the District of Columbia, Mr. Clifton sat for the four aforementioned Bar Exams in a two and a half year period. Additionally, Mr. Clifton is licensed to practice in the U.S. District Courts for the Northern and Middle Districts of Georgia, the U.S. Bankruptcy Courts for the Northern and Middle Districts of Georgia, and the United States Court of Appeals, 11th Circuit. On May 14, 2012, Mr. Clifton was sworn into the Bar of the Supreme Court of the United States giving him the ability to take a case to our country’s highest judicial power.
Mr. Clifton graduated from Fayette County High School with several academic honors. Following graduation, he attended the University of Georgia on the HOPE scholarship and graduated in three and a half years with two Bachelor Degrees in Psychology and Political Science. During that time, he maintained a 3.49 GPA. After his undergraduate education, Mr. Clifton matriculated to Florida Coastal School of Law where he was a Governor’s Merit Scholarship recipient. He received his Juris Doctor degree in 2008 and graduated seventeenth in his class with a GPA of 3.45, earning him cum laude honors.
Mr. Clifton is a lifelong resident of Fayette County and enjoys staying active in the community. He enjoys playing golf and cheering for the University of Georgia football team.